Housing minister wades into defibrillator debate at Gold Coast retirement village

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The Gold Coast Bulletin is reporting Housing Minister Mick de Brenni has met with residents at Aveo’s The Domain Country Club village in Ashmore, 75km southeast of Brisbane.

The meeting comes after its resident committee told the paper its request to buy additional defibrillators for a community centre and lodge at the village was rejected earlier this month.

Mr de Brenni has also said he will speak to other government ministers about new laws to provide for lifesaving medical devices such as defibrillators.

The residents say that the machines only cost from $2,000 to $3,000 and are often placed in shopping centres.

We spoke to Angela Buckley, EGM of Retirement Living Communities at Aveo, who says the village does have an existing defibrillator that is installed on a buggy to ensure it is mobile and can be accessed by the whole village. She also adds that the request has not been rejected and is still being assessed by management.

We couldn’t help but note this timely piece by Russell Kennedy Lawyers published by the Property Council too. They emphasise that village operators have no legal obligation to install a defibrillator, or adopt a residents’ committee recommendation to provide one.

It also highlights the obligations operators need to consider if they do install one including location, training and extra maintenance and insurance costs. Check it out here.